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Jon Soltz
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Jon Soltz is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the 400,000+ supporter veterans group, VoteVets.org.

He served twice in Iraq -- in 2011 as a Major, helping train the Iraqi Army prior to the removal of US Troops, and in 2003, as a Captain during Operation Iraqi Freedom, deploying logistics convoys with the 1st Armored Division. In 2000 he served as a tank Platoon Leader in the Kosovo Conflict.

As Chairman of VoteVets.org, Soltz has overseen the creation of a 400,000+ grassroots network of Veterans, military families, and civilian supporters, from scratch. In his time as Chairman, VoteVets.org has raised over $20 million for VoteVets Action Fund and over $2 million for candidates, via VoteVets Political Action Committee. Under his leadership, the group has become one of the most aggressive organizations of Veterans in America, holding politicians accountable for their votes and actions that adversely affect veterans, while supporting those politicians who have the backs of those who served.

Soltz is frequently quoted in major publications and frequently appears on cable shows, including Larry King Live on CNN, Nightline on ABC, PBS’ News Hour, the Dylan Ratigan Show, NewsNation with Tamron Hall, The Ed Show, and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, among other shows on many networks. He has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time magazine, Newsweek, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill, and many other national and local papers.

Soltz is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College with a dual degree in Political Science and History and a 2010 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Entries by Jon Soltz

When It Comes To Veterans Care, Hillary, Bernie, and Rachel Get It

(53) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 12:56 PM

Last evening's Democratic debate was full of fireworks. But, if you managed to stay tuned all the way to the end, you got to see Rachel Maddow ask the question that hasn't been asked in any Democratic debate, or Republican debate. But, that question cuts right to the core of...

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Trump Helps ISIS, But It Is Larger Than That

(37) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 11:25 AM

It is a central tenet of counterinsurgency, and what all of us sent to Iraq were taught: Do not insult the religion of Islam.

This isn't coming from hippies, or folks oversensitive to political correctness. Our very own military teaches every one of its soldiers, Marines, Airmen,...

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Bring Russia, Syria and Iran to the Table to Defeat ISIS

(10) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 1:34 PM

In 1939, as the USSR made land grabs in Poland and Finland, Franklin Roosevelt declared that the Soviet Union was a "dictatorship as absolute as any other dictatorship in the world" and called for an embargo. Not long after, when America entered the war, we were formally collaborating...

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What Veterans Want, and Why the GOP Avoids It

(112) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 11:56 AM

Another GOP Debate, and another GOP debate that didn't delve into the issue of veterans care in America.

Should we be shocked about that? A new poll from the Vet Voice Foundation suggests that we shouldn't be.

In short, the poll finds that veterans hate...

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Please, White House, Call It Combat in Iraq and Syria

(127) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 5:05 PM

It boggles the mind that the White House, in announcing the deployment of more Special Operations to Syria, still insists on saying that they won't have a "combat mission."

They will tell you that sending Special Operations to advise, train, and assist means troops will behind the front lines, and...

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Embarrassing Jeb Bush Flip-Flops on Iraq, Again

(312) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 3:33 PM

By his collapsing poll numbers, despite his intense campaigning, we know that Jeb Bush might be one of the worst candidates of all time. But, sometimes, bad politicians make good elected officials. So, the question remains, would Jeb Bush make a good Commander in Chief?

No.

I had planned...

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Trump's Standard Conservative Playbook

(99) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 11:47 AM

John McCain is a war hero.

I may disagree with him. I may think he's wrong about pretty much everything in politics and policy. And, I may even agree with Donald Trump when he says that John McCain hasn't done much to help veterans, as a...

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$500 Million Down the Drain in Syria, and McCain Keeps Flailing

(47) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 3:47 PM

You, the American taxpayers, paid approximately $8.3 million dollars per "moderate" Syrian fighter that the U.S. could train to fight ISIS.

That's right. Yesterday, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter admitted that, despite the $500 million appropriated by Congress to find and train moderate Syrian opposition, the United States...

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Rand Paul's Bet Might Be Right

(25) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 4:03 PM

A bit of a kerfuffle began, this week, when Republican Senator and Presidential candidate Rand Paul declared, rightfully, that "ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party," and that a lot of weaponry that ISIS now has, came because we starting arming sides in...

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The New Sponsor of Terrorism: Climate Change

(89) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 9:55 AM

For years, we have been warned that climate change would lead to a less stable world, with some very serious implications for the United States, its military, and its security. Beginning in 2010, in its Quadrennial Defense Review, the Pentagon warned that while climate change "alone does not...

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Jeb Bush's Call for Privatization of Veterans Care, and the Opportunity for Hillary Clinton

(140) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 12:21 PM

So it begins. Yesterday Jeb Bush called for the privatization of veterans care while opening up a huge opportunity for Hillary Clinton and others seeking the Democratic nomination.

"This is where I think empowering people with the equivalent of a voucher that gives you the same economic benefit...

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The Top Laughably Wrong Military and Veterans Talking Points From GOP Candidates

(94) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 12:14 PM

This past week Ted Cruz tossed his hat into the presidential race. If you eventually got past TedCruz.com, which supports President Obama, and TedCruzForAmerica.com, which takes you to the Obamacare website, and even TedCruz.ca, which points out that he's Canadian-born, you'll finally -- finally...

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O'Reilly, Williams and Real War Correspondents

(60) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 12:38 PM

We now know that, according to the reporters who were with him at the time, some of Bill O'Reilly's war stories from Argentina don't appear to be true. We also know that at least one of Brian Williams' war stories wasn't true. Does it matter? Should it matter?

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Authorization to Use Military Force Against ISIS Is Too Broad

(11) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 3:12 PM

Even before the President laid out the language for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force, to be employed in the continuing efforts to combat ISIS, the debate in DC started to rage. Some wondered if we would be better served if we finally repealed the 2001 broad and...

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The Use of Torture Will Cause Blowback, Not the Torture Report

(41) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 12:07 PM

The long-awaited, much debated report on the United States' use of torture is out.

The debate over whether the report should have been released is now moot.

Many, including myself, expect that there will be some form of blowback, now that the report is out. Lives may be...

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Media's Appetite for Hype Smears a Champion for Veterans

(25) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 12:10 PM

Only in political media could a Congresswoman, who is a war veteran, who gave up her seat in the state legislature to voluntarily go to Iraq, whose first Congressional bill ever introduced was enacted and helped veterans, and who has crisscrossed the Hawaiian islands on a listening tour to hear...

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What We Don't Know About Syrian Rebels Dwarfs What We Do

(31) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 6:09 PM

"First of all, I've vetted a number of them [Syrian Rebels], because I know them." -- Senator John McCain, on CNN, explaining who is going to vet the Syrian moderates, before we send them weapons

Well, we can all relax now. Senator John McCain, who...

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The Media and John McCain: How Someone Always Wrong Is Always on TV

(73) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Last month, Jon Stewart challenged John McCain to a "Wrong Off," betting that all the times Senator McCain has been wrong about, well, anything, far outnumbers the times Stewart has been proven wrong.

I thought about that, when John McCain was on a Sunday talk...

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The President Is Right on Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 12:12 PM

The president was correct in announcing humanitarian action yesterday in Iraq. He will be helping to prevent genocide. But, more than that, his announcement of limited military action, both to overtly protect US troops and installations, and tacitly support the Kurds in their fight against the Islamic State, is the...

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Why a Veterans Group Doesn't Endorse All Veterans

(16) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 12:22 PM

A lot of people ask me why the veterans group I head, VoteVets.org, only endorses some veterans running for office, and not all of them. In fact, just yesterday, National Journal posted an article that highlights the fact that there are Iraq and Afghanistan veterans running for Senate,...

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